A woman I work with is moving from Utah. She of white, black and Native American ancestry, her Black husband, their two young children, even the nanny — they can’t take it anymore. It’s not a diverse place — understatement of the year, apparently — and too many of its populace can’t keep their hands out … Continue reading White People, Don’t Be So Sensitive When We Point Out Racism
This week, in a 3-0 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an Alabama company that rescinded a job offer because a black woman refused to cut off her locks. I don’t want to, but I can see two sides in the issue. Dreads … Continue reading Stay Out of My Hair. Deal with My Work
Serena Williams won – again. The world is full of her latest exploits as she moves toward another Grand Slam. I’ve seen some of the most fabulous memes and Instagram posts, from her doing the splits retrieving a ball to doing the chicken and just otherwise celebrating being a winner. I’m not afraid to admit, … Continue reading .@ElleMagazine Said It Best, It Is Important That Serena Williams Keep Winning
Ramsey breaks down racism, gender, classicism etc. and the intersections between them like a boss. Best, while she’s funny, it doesn’t dilute her message. She’s not trying to make you feel better, merely making these real-time, real life lessons a bit easier for the general public to absorb, if they are so inclined. Way to make ’em … Continue reading If you don’t know Franchesca Ramsey, you should. https://twitter.com/chescaleigh #race #gender
Words I never thought I’d utter, ever LOL. But Amandala Stenberg is kind of fabulous. I knew it when I saw her bad ass little self in the movie Columbiana, but now I see she’s just as impressive in real life. Amandla commented on Kylie Jenner’s recent photo of herself with cornrows, and my first … Continue reading I am seriously in love with @amandalastenberg… #race #blackculture
So, yeah, it’s not the best idea to suggest that a young woman on the red carpet who has dreds smells like weed. Actually, it’s pretty ignorant. But I must say Giuliana Rancic’s apology to Zendaya seemed sincere – which is not always the case when a celeb crosses the race line. She talked about learning … Continue reading @GiulianaRancic made the best racially motivated apology to @Zendaya I’ve seen in awhile. #race #stereotypes
Black hair is different. It requires different care, and because of its texture, it is suitable for different, and perhaps unfamiliar, hair styles. Get over it.
When I read a story published this week about 7-year-old Tiana Parker, a Tulsa girl whose parents pulled her out of a school because the administration said her dreads – short, neatly tended dreads – was unacceptable, I wanted to throw my hands up and cry out. Yahoo showed a picture of the child crying with a quote that said “they didn’t like my dreads.”
It broke my heart. What message is this child internalizing? Continue reading “Leave #BlackHair Alone #diversity”
This web series kills me. It’s sad that misunderstandings and disrespect this ridiculous are still common, but this truthful portrayal is frickin’ hilarious. Creator Kim Williams is seriously talented. Complicated and talented.